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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Orlando, Florida
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This spot was recommended from some coworkers and it was well worth the trip. The food was excellent and prices very reasonable for what you get. The wine selection is good and also reasonably priced. There were 7 of us and nobody had something that was just ok. We will for sure be back next time in Indy.

Thank Karl P
Carmel, Indiana
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276 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an old school Italian restaurant - cozy in an old house, good red sauces, good salads, nice desserts, and a good selection of wines. It would be a good place for a special evening for two, and yet it is also good for the whole family. It can be tough to get in on a Friday or Saturday... More 

Thank MizzouLizard
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped here on a Friday night at 7 pm, and only had to wait 15 or 20 minutes for a table. Nice restaurant located in a historic home. The staff were very friendly and professional. The food was AMAZING. I decided to try the chicken parmigiana, which I don't usually order anywhere because it's often heavy and greasy-- but... More 

Thank Tye B
Indianapolis, Indiana
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was jumping the night we were there for a family get-together, but the food was good, and other than the waiter dropping two of our entrees, the service was pretty good (obviously two people dined a little later than the rest.) The portions are big, and everybody liked what they had. It was possible to split an entrée, and... More 

Thank fireman14
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a Saturday night got in before the crowds got there ...we sat outside nice little area . I ordered the lasagna nice big portion great flavor. My husband ordered the clams he said his food was great! You also get homemade bread and salad with your meals:) parking is a little skim but this place is worth it and... More 

Thank Jodi F
London, United Kingdom
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184 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The venue is really nice, from the ornamental garden to the Frank Sinatra music, the place oozes charm. However, the food was terrible. I wouldn't mind betting the chef has never been near Italy. The bruschetta had processed cheese on it and the veal parmesan was tough, overcooked and came topped with a tonne more melted cheese (i'm not convinced... More 

Thank mrkencho
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the third time we have been to this restaurant and it was fantastic just like the previous 2 times. Very reasonable in price, service was good and overall a very satisfying dining experience.

Thank dpatel6466
Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very quaint restaurant as it is in a 20's Mediterranean house. Local favorite. Great pasta dishes. Nice small rooms for intimate parties. Biggest challenge is parking.

Thank Peter P
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot say enough about this place. Visited on a busy Saturday night and waited as you might expect. The service was excellent, the food even better but the layout and feel of the restaurant is what really set it apart. Lively but not too loud and with ample indoor and gorgeous outdoor seating I could see this being our... More 

Thank GoPackGo3535
Byram, New Jersey
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Getting seated wasn't smooth but our waiter was very good. We split the artichoke fritter app, ate our respective salad and soup, and then our mains came. We took 3 or 4 bites of our own dish and 1 or 2 of the other's, and we were full. We got the chicken lasagna and the chicken involtine. Both will be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-259-9412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?